As my cannabis posts are not as frequent as I had planned, I will say it is because as I’m shifting, moving and changing as I continue to network, micro-dose daily and educate myself about the benefits of this plant. Because I freelance the purchase of said cannabis can be farther in between based on my income. Cannabis is not inexpensive so I look for BOGO deals [buy one get one for free, $1, or $.01.]
Overdosing has the stigma of a death result associated with harsh illegal substances. While in the cannabis industry taking in too much product is called over-consumption. To recap cannabis has tons of terpenes that gives it it’s unique aroma and flavor. Cannabinoids are what gives us the results we desire whether it be chilling like a stoner or relief from pain. There are about 85 cannabinoids but the most popular ones are THC [Tetrahydrocannabinol] and CBD [Cannabidol]. THC in it’s raw form is not psychoactive however when it is heated or decarboxylized one does experience a “high.” When one has too much THC in their system they have technically over-consumed. This wears off with enough sleep it does not result in death. CBD on the other hand has zero psychoactive effects but it does make your body relaxed. Both THC and CBD are powerful analgesics so it is important to listen to the advice of a budtender [a cannabis sales person usually with a lot of cannabis consumption experience], Medical cannabis doctor, or someone like me who has studied to teach how cannabis should be used properly and controlled.
I have over-consumed before from ignorance [not knowing what I was doing before I became educated], enthusiasm [not listening to or reading the side label recommended doses to alleviate my pain] and experimentation [just trying things out at home]. Each time was uncomfortable for me. I’m not a vice person and the “high” is not something I enjoy because I can’t control it. My husband always recommended that I just sit and enjoy it. I tried once but went to bed early in haste for it to wear off. I told him that I don’t like the loopy feeling that stoners love. To me, it feels like I’ve had one drink too many, I giggle and the whites of my eyes turn red. He laughed at me but he understood. I’ve slept it off each time it’s happened in fact. Waking up feeling balanced and in control or “normal.” This is how I know it’s not harmful, unless you try to function as you routinely do. If you have over-consumed I highly recommend against driving, walking around too much or trying to have a conversation. When lethargy is present, the senses become altered, and rationalization becomes compromised. In my observation, only seasoned stoners know how to navigate the effects of too much THC. I’m talking about people who have 20 to 40 years consuming cannabis rich in THC. The other thing that is wonderful but not good for me is THC stimulates your appetite, so when too much is present in my body I snack even when I’m not hungry. Yeah I’m talking about “THE MUNCHIES” it’s real and one must know how to ignore it or reverse it with a balance amount of CBD which blocks the effects of the “high.” Cannabis users who are not cancer patients should watch out for this side effect. When I’ve over consumed usually after taking an edible I literally feel it kick in physically. I feel a popping sensation behind my eyes and they become heavier, my appetite is stimulated and I feel loopy. You see you must dose based on a few things:
- Your use, or lack thereof. If you have no experience with it the ratios are usually equal i.e. 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD. If you are a more frequent user you’ll want a 4:1 or 6:1 THC to CBD.
- Your weight, ratios will vary
- Your age, ratios and methods may vary
- What you are trying to achieve: pain, sleep, appetite, depression. Ratios and methods will vary.
I know people who have suffered and passed from cancer, ones who are living with it and ones who have beat it. Because cancer treatments tend to rob people of balanced eating routine, cannabis is a great way to stimulate their appetite so that weight loss is not an issue but again under proper supervision so as to not over eat!
I cannot speak to overdosing because, I’m not a vice person so I have no history of treatment for substance abuse. In fact body abuse can happen with food in other ways like yo-yo dieting, or with abnormal practices like anorexia or bulimia. And with substances like crystal meth, nicotine, cocaine, sugar, salt, & pain killers from big pharma. Our bodies are beautiful temples that have the ability to heal themselves when we step out of the way – so we should treat them with care. I’m learning every day and I do what I can to age gracefully by properly dosing cannabis, eating a health colorful balanced variety of food, exercise when I’m motivated [but that must change to a habit], socialization, love and purpose/career [something to do to feel productive and necessary].
I’m over most things but I carry a fire inside to keep on this track to stay educated in order to share what I know.